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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mermaid's Treasure Mini Houses on: June 23, 2016 08:34:15 AM
Alpha Stamps theme this month is "Beneath the Sea"; mermaids, treasure chests, sea creatures, and steampunk! I decorated little houses to hold a mermaid's collection of found items. I'm saving the steampunk part for later.

Oh, so tiny!

2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Favorite Amigurumi Book? on: June 21, 2016 08:15:14 PM
Anybody have a favorite ami book? Do you have book recommendations for new crocheters that may be interested in amigurumi? Share them here!

My first purchased amigurumi book was Mr. Funky's Super Crochet Wonderful by Narumi Ogawa. The pink bunny I crocheted from that book is floating around here somewhere. Has written (with abbreviations) instructions.

I also enjoyed Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts Amigurumi back in the day. Lots of cute projects and a great one for those of us that like simplified (symboled) instructions.

And who can forget Amigurumi World- Seriously Cute Crochet by Ana Paula Rimoli?

I need a cute NEW book...any ideas?
3  COOKING / Dessert / Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake on: June 20, 2016 02:35:25 PM
Sometimes you can't wait until Autumn to eat some pumpkin, especially when it is decadent cheesecake! It is incredibly easy to make and tastes like a dream. Don't forget the Maple Glaze!


1 1/4 cups ginger snap crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, room temp.
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups canned pumpkin (16 oz total)
3 eggs
1 cup pure maple syrup (the delicious REAL maple syrup!)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

Heavy whipping cream
pecans (optional)

Here's how you do it:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Chuck a bunch of the ginger snaps into a food processor and obliterate those cookies to crumbs. Or place ginger snaps into bags and have your kids pound them to bits. They'll have more on the floor than in the bag, of course, so maybe you need two boxes of cookies if you go this route. Measure out 1 1/4 cups of crumbs and add them to a bowl. Add butter and sugar and mix together. Firmly press crust mixture into a springform pan (mine is about 9"). Set aside. Beat cream cheese for about 4 minutes or until smooth and fluffy. Slowly add condensed milk and beat until smooth. Add pumpkin, eggs, 1/4 cup maple syrup (the good stuff), cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix until thoroughly combined. It smells yummy now, but no licking! Pour over crust. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The edge will spring back when you touch it and the center is soft. Cool and then chill, preferably overnight if you can wait that long. Let's make the Maple Glaze. Combine remaining 3/4 cup maple syrup with 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream in a pan. Bring to a boil. Boil for 15-20 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally with a whisk. Add chopped pecans, if desired. Pour a bit o' glaze over your cheesecake, and enjoy!

4   / CROCHET / January Thru June Featured Projects on: June 16, 2016 06:37:27 PM
Featured Crochet Projects
First Half of 2016

By hitting the "This Rocks" button, Craftster members have chosen the Featured Crochet Projects for the First Half of 2016! Thanks for your contributions and congratulations!

Simple vest by wendiek

Sunrise Shawl by meelee514

Oh Scully and Mulder, how I missed you! by anderlance

Wimmy Wam Wam Wozzle! by dooney

Dr Who Gift Set by carolmb

Nerdy Hats by FreakieGeekie

Studio Ghibli/Disney Inspired by milliemouse579
5   / CROCHET / A Place for Crochet Blogs on: June 11, 2016 10:06:10 AM
Do you have a crochet blog you want people to know about? You've come to the right place. Add a link to your blog here, and please remember:

- All links must be blogs, not flickr accounts, etsy stores, or sale websites.
- You must post an actual link, not just a reference to your signature
- Please do not double post. Edit or delete your former post instead
- This is for links only, so others can find your blog easily. Anything posted other than blog links will be deleted.

Thank you!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature Greenhouse on: June 06, 2016 12:24:09 PM
Occasionally, the younger pixies get into a bit more trouble than usual. They might forget to polish the beetles like they were told, or flit too fast through the dandelions and spoil the newly painted ladybirds. They may have even tied one too many knots in the hair of a sleeping child, and that calls for a time out! That is when they get sent off to spend a minute or two in the Pixie Pause Room, where they are supposed to think about what they did (or didn't do) but most likely it is a place to complain about being cooped up unnecessarily for a frightfully long time.

I simply adore this wee greenhouse and stand from Alpha Stamps. It is around 7.75" tall and 3" wide, which makes it a perfect fit for 1:12 scale dollhouse items like flowers and such. The kit is so easy to assemble, even a misbehaving pixie could do it. My greenhouse received a coating of gesso, then a layer of crackle medium, then a wash of antiquing fluid, and that's it! The flowers were arranged in various pots, I added a little sign, and just like magic, I had a finished project. Now to let out naughty Pete and his cohort and hope he doesn't hold a grudge.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Suggestions for Future CrochetAlongs? on: May 28, 2016 03:37:43 PM
Any ideas for future crochetalongs? It could be quick and easy like dishcloths/washcloths, amigurumi, toys, etc. or maybe a stash busting pattern like a blanket. Is there an intimidating pattern you've always wanted to make, but would like the advice of others as you go along? Add your suggestions here!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Midnight's Crow Wall Hanging on: May 22, 2016 12:11:32 PM
A Halloweenie wall hanging for artsycandice in the Everyday Is Halloween Swap. The embroidered panel is bordered with retro owl fabric, has a wool felt appliques, and lots of vintage Mother of Pearl buttons.

And hanging in a tree before being sent off:

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Altered Tins Galore! on: May 10, 2016 06:46:42 PM
Actually just three, but it didn't make for an exciting title. The first two are Alice in Wonderland inspired (using some very cool inserts from Alpha Stamps) and the last is a simple and sweet tin adorned with a button and lace that came from my great-grandmother. It was given to my mother for Mother's Day.

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Recent ATCs on: May 02, 2016 07:40:02 PM
Watercolour and pencil of my fat arse feline, Chaircat Mao:

Embroidery and coloured pencil:

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Alcohol ink stained mica sheets with grommets:

Fabric chicken, A Mad Tea Party, and Junk Paper collage:

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